NI Clubs - Dromore Ladies

  • Mar 29,2021

NI Clubs Supporting their Players Through Lockdown:

Dromore Ladies Netball Club    

Flashback to Friday 13th March 2020, this is when we received notice from Netball NI to tell us all netball activity was now suspended due to COVID-19. Now here we are a whole year later and still we are not back to playing the sport we all love.

To try and keep all our members active and connected we turned to social media and online platforms to communicate. All our coaches have kept in touch with their own sections throughout the pandemic via WhatsApp groups.

As the lockdown started just before Easter, we had already purchased Easter Eggs, which we usually give out to all our members. This year we decided to donate these to the residents and carers at our local nursing home.

We decided to get a few of our little mini girls to take part in spreading the important message to "STAY HOME" we uploaded this onto all our social platforms.

We had seen on other club pages they were doing player profiles; we loved this idea so thought we would jump on the trend. We decided it would be nice to start off with the founders of Dromore Ladies, they are all still such massive supporters of the club. This was a good way to let everyone see the players etc. and parents see exactly who is behind the coach name or face.

We got members old and new to send in some old photos of them at DLNC. These were such fun to look back at and we heard some brilliant stories from throughout our 28 years.

We wanted to support Mental Health Awareness Week back in May. We set a challenge for all our followers and members to take on random acts of kindness for their families. This was so lovely to see so many take part and we know their acts would have been appreciated.

This took us to what would normally be our end of season parties, awards, fun nights. We are a very social club, so we always enjoy our end of season nights. It was so different this year, but still we wanted to finish the season off. Each section coach got together socially distanced and presented their awards which were then displayed over fun videos online, this was a nice way for all the girls to see their coaches again and hear from them. The seniors held a zoom awards night, which was great fun filled with lots of giggles and maybe a few drinks.

In August, restrictions had been lifted slightly and the seniors were able to meet socially distanced for outdoor walks/runs in smaller groups. This was such a great way to get back together for catch ups and to start getting some fitness back in there. We were able to do this for a good few weeks.

Most other clubs were able to do basic training by this stage, but unfortunately our usual training venue was not available so when we finally got word we could get back to training, we only got a few weeks before Lockdown two was announced. Even still we loved getting back and enjoyed some court time together.

We decided to run a Halloween competition for all our social media followers and younger club members. They had to send in their carved Pumpkins, we had so many entries and they were all fantastic. We have such talented girls.

We as a club entered into a competition were, we had to submit a video about our club, we placed this on our online platform and asked everyone to vote. It was so nice to get so much support from everyone and we won! We have a great local support network, including our young members parents.

Over winter, DLNC began their monthly most miles challenge.

This is a great way to keep everyone’s fitness up, healthy competitiveness and keeping that interaction up.

We are hitting at least a 1000miles per month at the minute, so are going to set ourselves a higher target to raise money for charity.

With the beginning of the Vitality Netball Super league, it has been great to get to watch our sport again.  The matches are exciting and we, as a club have been sharing and watching the matches together and discussing on our platforms.  I think we have a few favourites within the club.

It has been such a difficult time, trying to keep in touch with the younger members of the club, due to not everyone having social media or access to communication platforms.

We have some more things up our sleeve to try and keep everyone active. We really hope the restrictions are lifted once again. We cannot wait to get everyone back together and to maybe get back to some netball, whenever it is safe.

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